What is UMonit64.exe? Found it in Task Manager in the Startup Tab.

UMonit64.exe is located in C:\Windows\SysWOW64.  
I found it using Task Manager in the Startup tab. 
What is it? 
Do I need it? 

Hi Dave,


The process “UMonit64.exe” is known as Gene USB Monitor or UMonit MFC Application or ChangeIcon MFC Application and belongs to software Gene USB Monitor or UMonit Application or ChangeIcon Application or MediaGear USB2 Card Reader by General.


If you are using any of these applications on the computer, then this file would belong to it. However, there are some instances where some virus or other malicious software camouflages itself as “UMonit64.exe”. So, let me ask you: Is this process consuming the system resources in a suspected manner making the computer very slow?


If yes, then it is very important to identify the exact source of this file. Let’s first perform a complete security scan from Safe Mode with Networking using Microsoft Safety Scanner and check if the computer is infected.


Step 1: Boot the computer in Safe Mode with Networking


In Windows, we can start the computer in different advanced troubleshooting modes to find and fix problems on the PC. One of such troubleshooting mode is Safe Mode with Networking. Here we start Windows with a minimal set of drivers and services, including the network drivers. Please refer to the steps in this article to boot the computer in safe mode with networking:


Windows Startup Settings (including safe mode)


In Safe Mode, let’s perform a full security scan to find if the computer is infected.


Step 2: Run Microsoft Safety Scanner


You can download and run the Microsoft Safety Scanner from this link:


Download Microsoft Safety Scanner


Important: When running a scan using an anti-virus program, any data files that are infected may be cleaned by deleting the file entirely, which means there is a potential for data loss.


Hope this is helpful. Please get back to us with the results.
Rajesh Govind - Microsoft Support Engineer

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